Number 242 - 12th February 2005


Blackpool Convention updates: Master Mindreader Ian Rowland has been added to the "Mainly Mentalism" show on Friday night, and Marc Paul (currently starring in Sky's Undercover Magic) has been added to the Masterclass and International Close-Up sessions. Gold Card registrations have now sold out but Silver Card registrations are still available at £45.00 (Adult) and £30.00 (Junior). Telephone Arthur Casson on 01253 393688, email 12.2.05


Joanie Spina, Tommy Wonder, Norbert Ferré and Franz Harary will all be appearing at what is thought to be the world's first "all stage" magic convention in Portugal in October 2005. "The K Convention" is being produced by illusionist Alejandro Kei and his production team "Kei Producciones" and is being co-produced by the Portuguese event planning company Mix Mag Eventos. The event will take place in Lisbon at the Belém Cultural Center on October 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2005 and will include lectures, workshops, private sessions, dealers, a gala show and a closing buffet dinner. Showmanship, expression, character development, routining, creativity and, of course, magic and illusion, will all be covered over the three days. For more information visit: 12.2.05


The line up for the 9th British Close-up Magic Symposium, which takes place on Sunday 10th April 2005 at Bath University, is now complete with the addition of top Spanish close-upper Antonio Romero to the Gala Show. Antonio will no doubt be performing his unique version of the cups and balls as well as magic featuring his wonderful holdout... "Mr Romero has pushed the classic 'pull' into a whole new dimension that makes it a diabolical tool for effects of all kinds, whether you perform on stage or close-up." Antonio will have a table in the dealer room. For full details of the 9th Symposium visit 12.2.05 have just sent through two new products for 2005, Card Source and The Zenner Effect. Card Source features the slimmest, lightest index that I've ever seen allowing you to present many different effects - quickly! Supplied complete with cards, index and a very well produced manuscript this is the stuff that reputations are made of. Highly recommended - I'd opt for the full delivered version, see for details. The second item is The Zenner Effect inspired by David Britland's Zennerism. Supplied with two sets of Zener cards and, once again, an excellent manuscript, this very clean demonstration of Extra Sensory Perception is clearly presented (and easy to do!). Top stuff, with real attention to detail as always, from 12.2.05


Kerry Scorah evens the scores in Andrew Cartledge's cartoon on To see the full size version Click Here. Kerry can currently be seen in Undercover Magic every week on Sky One Mix - see TV Magic. 12.2.05


Martin Breese has just taken delivery of a small stock of DVDs containing a complete recording of a Chan Canasta television broadcast - the very same broadcast that David Britland's A Remarkable Man was based on. The disc is available for £25 including worldwide delivery: Produced in the USA by The Society for the Preservation of Magical History. 12.2.05


Paul Gordon's new book, Percy Naldrett A Man of Sussex - Conjurer & Poet, is now in stock. Percy Naldrett MIMC was once editor (and printer) of The Magic Circular. He wrote eleven books on magic from 1912 to 1928. As a poet, he was recognised for his writings during The Great War and his books on poetry reside in The British Museum. Paul's book, a loving memoir, contains new and rare photographs, memorabilia, newly-found biographical information and full bibliography. Limited Edition - £15 post paid. Available from 12.2.05


Illusioncraft have just released a photo of their X-Factor illusion "An excellent and deceptive illusion, with a completely original twist" - Russ Stevens. It will be officially launched at the Blackpool Convention, where it and can be seen on the Illusioncraft stand 12.2.05


Norwich and District Magic Circle are presenting a week of magic and illusion at Summerfields Holiday Village, Great Yarmouth, from June 11th - 18th featuring Chris North & Belinda, Steve Zebbs, Dane Cordean, JC and his magic, Bubbly Bingo the Clown and Billy Bubblys, together with members of the club. To book a caravan or chalet for the week, and for more information, telephone 01493 731419 or 01603 457934. 12.2.05


Wayne Dobson lectures at the DownTown Magic Club, Downtown Diner, Park Street, Ashford, Kent on Monday February 14th. Doors open at 7.30pm. Members of other clubs are invited and will receive a discounted admission on production of a magic club membership card. For more details contact Miki Travis 01233 620120 or visit 12.2.05


Geoffrey Durham appears on Countdown, week commencing Monday 21st February at 3.15pm on Monday 21st February (45 minutes) on Channel 4. 12.2.05


"The Magic of Jack Avis" is the title of a new lecture that John Derris will be presenting from the end of 2005 featuring the simple direct magic that was the hallmark of one of Britain's finest close-up magicians, Jack Avis (photo). John was associated with Jack for over fifty years and witnessed the creation of some of his outstanding effects. Following two successful years in Britain and overseas, John continues with further presentations of his current acclaimed KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid!) lecture, at the British Magical Society (15th February), Hull Magic Circle (3rd March), Order of the Magi (26th April) and SAMS (11th May). For further details contact John Derris, telephone 020 8467 7856 email 12.2.05


Beyond ESP 2 from MagicBox has been attracting some great feedback, "Outstanding," Richard Osterlind. "Awesome," Lee Earle. "The best set of Marked ESP cards I have ever seen," Nicholas Einhorn. "Housed inside the 'International Paranormal Research Association' box are two complete ESP or Zenner decks. One red backed deck, one black backed deck. The new cards have been printed to the highest standard by the US Playing Card Company, so they look and feel great. Inside your deck you’ll also find a selection of extra cards and fakes offering more creative possibilities than other ESP decks on the market. Beyond ESP 2 comes compete with a 32-page booklet containing 8 solid routines from a collection of mentalism's top authors." For more information and to order, visit: 12.2.05


Congratulations to Steve Evans, winner of the British Magical Society's Maurice Trophy for Showmanship on Tuesday 8th February. Six magicians competed for the title and Steve won with an act featuring his own Cards Across routine and Unequal Ropes. Steve lectures on close-up, cabaret, children's magic and comedy. For more information email or telephone 07900 191958. 12.2.05


Doctor Bondini would be interested to hear from performers who have had problems from local authorities when performing with doves or animals. He will be appearing at Burnley Mechanics on Wednesday 16th February without his doves, which have been banned by the local council. Recently elected to Equity's Variety Advisory Committee, Bondini will be representing the interests of animal workers in the light of impending animal welfare legislation and invites your emails: 12.2.05


21 magicians compete in the heats for The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year title at The Magic Circle's headquarters on Sunday, April 3rd. Tickets, at £4 each, go on sale from Tuesday March 1st from the box office 020 7387 2222. 12.2.05


Wanted: If any reader has a Zaney Blaney Hoop, or knows of one in the UK, please could they contact Derek Lever as he needs to borrow one. Many thanks. Email: 12.2.05


Tora Magic's UK agents, Merlins of Wakefield, will be manning the Tora Magic stand at the Blackpool convention. For details of the Tora range of products visit - or contact Merlins on telephone 01924 339933. 12.2.05


J.B.Magic are one of the UK's busiest magic dealers stocking hundreds of effects, books, videos and DVDs from around the world. Their shop in Blackpool will be open during the convention period from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3pm Sunday. JB Magic, 226 Lytham Road, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 6EX. Telephone 01253 407097 12.2.05


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The Breaking the Magician's Code shows are currently being repeated for the umpteenth time on Sky, TV Magic • February's Klub Magic show is reviewed by Martin Breese this week (thanks Martin!) Click Here • Peter Lamont will be speaking at Aye Write, the Glasgow Book Festival, on Saturday 19th February, Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 12.2.05